Originally published February 3 2014
Wendy Davis supporters mock handicapped Greg Abbott in Governor's race
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) They say that politics is a blood sport, and there is no shortage of examples to prove that point. But in recent years, as the rancor has deepened between the two major parties, bad behavior has dramatically increased, and that is especially true on the left side of the political aisle.
One of the most recent examples of horrendous behavior comes from Texas. Project Veritas, a non-partisan group which has built a reputation for investigating and revealing corruption and other negative political influences, much of it within the Obama administration, discovered some ugliness during an investigation of Obamacare Navigators and a political organization known as "Battleground Texas," which seeks to "turn Texas blue" - that is, transform it politically from a conservative "red state" to a liberal "blue state."
Project Veritas, which was founded by activist James O'Keefe, reported catching some "deeply offensive comments on tape" tied to Battleground Texas and the gubernatorial candidacy of pro-abortion champion state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat:
It seems Battleground Texas and Wendy Davis' strategy to win the Governor's seat is to mock Attorney General [Greg] Abbott's disability. We caught Davis supporters and Battleground Texas staff on tape making crude statement such as, "Isn't that amazing to think of? He's in a wheelchair and we want to stand with Wendy?"
Even more disturbing was an election official who, when asked about forging signatures, covered her ears and then went on to admit, "People do that all the time." A Battleground Texas volunteer then added, "I don't think it's legal but I didn't hear you say that."
You can see Project Veritas' video here: YouTube.com.
Abbott hasn't 'walked a day in her shoes'
In mocking Abbott, another staffer in the video can be heard saying, "First of all he's not good looking, he doesn't speak very well, he doesn't have a good personality and he's in a wheelchair." Someone off-camera can be heard laughing in the background.
This is not the first time that the Davis campaign or its supporters have mocked Abbott. As reported by Katie Pavlich at Townhall recently:
In October 2013, the group sent out an email with the "joke," "Greg Abbott walks into a house in El Paso." Earlier this week, Davis came under criticism for saying Abbott hasn't "walked a day in her shoes."
Abbott has been wheelchair-bound since he was 26 years old. He was paralyzed from the waist down after being struck by a tree when he was out for a run.
'Unworthy of our great state'
After the video went public, Abbott released a statement decrying its content and those who made the disparaging remarks:
The content of the video denigrating the disabled is unworthy of our great state. Despite the distraction, I will continue my efforts to help all Texans rise in life and achieve their dreams. I will be a Governor who fights for all Texans - for children, small business owners, families, and entrepreneurs - a Texas that includes all.
That's exactly what I have been doing - while in a wheelchair. I've fought for more and better jobs, I've defended Texas and taxpayers from an overreaching federal government, I've protected children from predators to keep our communities safe, and I've successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court to defend Texas values.
It's that demonstrated ability and character that motivated Texans to elect me to statewide office five times. My service is a reminder of what Texans can achieve, regardless of their circumstances. Texans know that I will continue to fight for the greatness of Texas.
For her part, Davis has publicly denounced the comments in the video, but the gist of it is that it is okay for one side of the political aisle to make such a mockery of a political opponent's misfortune or physical limitations, as evidenced by the silence of the left-leaning mainstream media, which has all but ignored the story.
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